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The lover boy going steady

He may not be as popular as Hrithik Roshan. Or even as debonair. But Jimmy Shergill is beginning to get noticed. He is the new chocolate cream hero in town. With "Dil Hai Tumhara" hitting the theatres this Friday, things are looking up for the romantic man... .

HIS RISE has not quite been meteoric but with his easy demeanour and acceptable screen presence he promises to be around for a while. He may not landed big roles but has just ensured that his roles have some substance. Jimmy Shergil extends this brisk but balanced pace with "Dil Hai Tumhara" releasing this coming Friday. In Delhi for the promotion of this film the other day, Jimmy seemed stoically patient collecting himself from past failures. "You know, it is not the actor that fails, it is the film," he says emphatically. And he is right. Be it Tanuja Chandra's "Yeh Zindgai ka Safar" or the more recent "Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai", the films could not make a mark but Jimmy did. Hence, he finds a justifiable place in Kundan Shah's film in which he plays a ventriloquist and pins much hopes on it. "In this film, I play a role which no one in Hindi films has played yet. Moreover, I also gather sympathy for I am a silent lover," he says.

What's the reason for the failure of "Yeh Zindagi... " a good film otherwise. "I also expected a good response from the audiences, as the film's theme was different and thought provoking. Indian audiences have to be moulded to appreciate such films," he feels.

Jimmy Shergill in "Dil Hai Tumhara"

"What's the use of roles as in "Mere Yaar... . Where he gets to play a boy who neither wins audiences' sympathy nor plays a pivotal role "It is not true. Whether I get the girl in the film or not is not what I look for while I choose a script but the role that draws respect from the audiences than sympathy. Now if a film does not work, how can only my role be criticised?"

On the look out for good scripts, Jimmy says he is not at all for any number slot in Bollywood. "I will work with directors who would give me scripts that extract talent out of me, here I would not mind doing even small roles if they carry substance," he concludes on a note of confidence.

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